Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - January 3, 2017

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Ongoing activity at Kamokuna ocean entry

Ongoing activity at Kamokuna ocean entry...

Part of what's left of the eastern Kamokuna lava delta following the New Year's Eve collapse can be seen in the center foreground of this image. Visible cracks on the surface of this rocky shelf indicate potential instability and serve as reminders for visitors to the lava viewing area to heed all warning signs.

(Public domain.)

A telephoto lens captured the cascade of lava streaming from the la...

A telephoto lens captured the cascade of lava streaming from the lava tube. Hot lava mixing with cool seawater produces an explosive interaction that results in fragmented lava—spatter, Pele's hair, and black sand—flying upward, landing on the sea cliff above the ocean entry and being thrown seaward. These fragments pose a hazard to anyone who ventures too close to the ocean entry by land or by sea.

(Public domain.)

A closer view of lava cascading from the lava tube at the Kamokuna ...

A closer view of lava cascading from the lava tube at the Kamokuna ocean entry, with spatter (fragments of molten lava) and black sand (volcanic glass) being thrown skyward.

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Pele's hair, filaments of volcanic glass, formed from the explosive...

Pele's hair, filaments of volcanic glass, formed from the explosive interaction of hot lava entering the ocean, accumulates on the lava surface above the ocean entry. Some is also blown far downwind of the ocean entry.

(Public domain.)